‘They want me to write again': A pair of special fans is pushing Phil Collins toward new music

Phil Collins is at work on new songs for the first time since 2002’s Testify, adding still more intrigue to a career resurgence that’s also included band rehearsals for a possible tour.

The former Genesis frontman, officially retired since 2011, says his young children ultimately pushed him back toward music — and to the pen.

“I’ve got a 9 and a 12 year old,” Collins says in a newly posted interview, “and they want me to write again, so they can listen to some new stuff. My son, the 12 year old, is a fantastic drummer. So, he wants to know how it’s done, and to see it first hand. I’ve gone from being retired to actually just starting to work on my own and start writing.”

Collins released an album of cover songs, Going Back, in 2010. His most recent studio work with Genesis dates back to 1991’s We Can’t Dance.

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